So Much Here: Excerpts from the Shelf Life Community Story Project

The more people I talk to, the more I begin to see the Central Area as an intricate constellation of stories connecting generations of residents and all the hard work they’ve done to stay put and build and thrive. There are lots of bright stars in that constellation, where many stories intersect. The Red Apple, at the corner of South Jackson Street and 23rd Avenue South, is one of them.

Read about the Red Apple Market

Photo by: Inye Wokoma

The Secret City Life of Raccoons

“Urban wildlife,” that’s what scientists call raccoons that are now thriving in our cities. Raccoons are fascinating scientists as they move into our urban areas in record numbers.

Explore the Nocturnal City Life of Raccoons

Tired mom raccoon
Photo by: Robin Lindsey

A new chapter for Wayne

Forterra’s purchase of Wayne Golf Course tees up the 89-acre property for permanent protection as parkland—creating a huge new green space in the middle of our crowded metropolis. But we financed its purchase with a loan and we have limited time to pay it back.

Learn how we're working to save Wayne

An aerial shot of Wayne Golf Course
Photo by Charlie Raines

Growing Bold

Western Washington is a gardener’s paradise. Most of us stick to the predictable assortment of fruits and veggies... More recently, immigrants and refugees have been growing a cosmopolitan cornucopia. These are the upstarts, rebels and future favorites of the Pacific Northwest garden.

See the edible plants finding a home in our gardens

From opera to chocolate, dance to mushrooms, Forterra’s Ampersand Live packs Town Hall

Wild encounters in the woods; surprising urban undertakings; unique dance; unexpected song. Forterra’s second Ampersand Live showcased a diverse group of individuals who joyfully celebrated what we love about the Pacific Northwest.

Read about the evening

Photo by Robert Wade

Perspectives

A place for sharing ideas and inspiring actions. We invite all thinkers and doers, writers and artists, creators and implementers to challenge us, engage us, inform us with words and images and sounds.
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A Backyard Cosmological Event

The weather so far this spring has been as dour and soggy as any of the past 37 that I’ve lived here in the PNW. This Saturday morning was different. Twenty-five days past the equinox and this mid-April day was leaning in and living up to its place on our Gregorian calendar. Accordingly, I was sitting and sunning outside, thinking about the cosmological event in miniature that I witnessed last summer.

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Forterra Statement on Confrontations at 23rd and Union

Forterra is committed to securing places that are keystones of a sustainable, equitable future in our region—from wildlands, to working farms and forests, to places in our cities for affordable housing, parks and cultural centers.

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Love Trees? Become a Tree Ambassador!

Trees for Seattle is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for new Tree Ambassadors! Tree Ambassadors are volunteers who help care for and protect Seattle’s trees.

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2017 Forterra Annual Breakfast

The Forterra Annual Breakfast once again brought together an amazing community of diverse, talented people. And we know that it takes all of us to secure the future we want for this region—from conserving lands and stewarding them, to seeding livelihoods for all.

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Keystone Urban Real Estate

As part of our work to secure places that are keystones of a positive future around Puget Sound, Forterra is helping groups in the community that are trying to acquire land for needs like affordable housing, local small businesses, arts and cultural centers, and urban agriculture.

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Top 7 Takeaways From Our Millennial Panel

Our all-millennial panel explored environmentalism, affordability, ambivalence towards labels and more.

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Forterra Celebrates its Current and Past AmeriCorps Members

In honor of AmeriCorps Week 2017, we are excited to celebrate the major impact that AmeriCorps and other service corps have on Forterra, Forterra’s managed lands, and many of us who work here.

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Washington’s Early-Bloomers

The official start of spring is less than a month away, which means it’s that time of year when we will start to see some petals and color popping back into our local landscapes. Find out which native flowers you can expect to see in the coming weeks throughout Washington.

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Forterra and Africatown make an offer at 23rd & Union

Forterra and Africatown Community Land Trust are working together to secure a continued place for the historically-black community in Seattle’s Central District. We hope to team in the redevelopment of Midtown Center, a 2.4-acre property at 23rd & Union, and have made a proactive, pragmatic offer to purchase the property after another buyer’s offer was withdrawn.

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Invasive Species Awareness Week

On a basic level, most invasive species are non-native organisms (plant, animal, insect, etc.) that have been ‘introduced’ into an environment. This year, in honor of Invasive Species Awareness Week, we asked the experts what their “favorite” invasive is and the gory details behind their love-hate relationship with these plants.

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A Seattle couple is awed by an emotional Ampersand Live

Bob and Sue Mecklenburg were so moved by our stage show, they wrote about it to their friends and family. Read their words here.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Author & biologist Thor Hanson

Author & biologist Thor Hanson shares a story in rhyme about Beatrice Beaver

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A Monograph to Write, My Friends

Someday I may write a monograph, which I will start by describing a trip last summer to Chickamin Lake. What a place.

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Winter Weekends at SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park Kicks Off

More than 50 children (and their parents) gathered at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park on Sunday for art making, movie watching and some science learning. Forterra partnered with Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and Pacific Science Center for the launch of this year’s first Kid’s Saturday of Winter Weekends at the park.

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Reflections on Inauguration Day

Well friends, we have now had our 44th back-to-back peaceful transfer of power, to the 45th occupant of our Nation’s Presidential Office. We are six weeks shy of two centuries and twenty years since Washington handed the reigns to Adams. No coups, no assassinations by the opposition, no revolutions; but, yes, one immensely bloody civil war with scars still raw over 150 years later. Still, it is a remarkable history.

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Community members plant and restore local green spaces on MLK Jr. Day

Since 2007, I’ve spent MLK Day serving my community in any capacity than I can. I’ve helped restore trails with the Washington Trails Association. I’ve helped clean up a Boys and Girls Club. I’ve painted walls at a women’s shelter. This year, I wanted to join our Green Cities Partnership to learn more about their restoration efforts—and to get some work done.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Poet Emrys Foster

Poet Emrys Foster shares a piece entitled “Noctivagant: the Night Wanderer”

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2016 Ampersand Live: Photographer Amy Gulick

Photographer Amy Gulick’s curiosity fueled her search to figure out just why are there salmon in the trees—the answer might be “unbearable”

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2016 Ampersand Live: Poet Jourdan Imani Keith

Jourdan Imani Keith masterfully crafts poetry with storytelling. Things heat up as the battle between the children of water and the children of ice reaches a fever pitch.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Athlete Brandee Laird

Parkour athelte Brandee Laird shares a surprising story about how her athleticism made a serious difference in a stranger’s life.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Sketcher Gabriel Campanario

Gabriel Campanario uses his sketchpad to immortalize historic buildings the city has lost to development, to capture moments in time and to learn from the experiences of those he meets along the way. From angry turkeys and goats to kayaks, urban sketching turns even the mundane into an adventure.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Photographer Kevin Horan

Photographer Kevin Horan explores the way photography can give goats a human-like quality, showcasing their individual personalities.

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2016 Ampersand Live: David Schmader

David Schmader shares his 25 years of experiences in Seattle, describing the “Soul of Seattle” is what you first loved about Seattle when you came to this great ever changing City. This soul changes over time, but will continue to live on and evolve.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Tomo Nakayama

Tomo Nakayama shares his story and engages the crowd with heartfelt songs—a truly remarkable performance.

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